School: Seminole State College
Major: Construction Management
Company: Hubbard Construction
Internship from May 2, 2016 — August 1, 2017
I’m going to start out with a quick biography about myself. As a kid I always enjoyed understanding and learning how things were built. Not knowing which way I wanted to go career-wise I decided to join the United States Army. I served for 3 years and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for one; this point in my life was an eye opener and gave me a huge dose of maturity. With my grandfather and father both owning fence companies it felt natural and right to head in that direction. I knew I didn’t want to be limited to just fence, I wanted to work on projects that were large-scale and important. Naturally I gravitated towards the construction industry. I started at Seminole State College back in 2013. I completed my Associates last year and I’m on the track to graduate with my Bachelors in Construction Management in summer 2017. I noticed that I was required to complete an internship to obtain my degree. I felt compelled to reach out to companies and send my resume. I heard back from quite a few smaller companies, that didn’t interest me. I waited another couple weeks and then I received an e-mail from Hubbard Construction asking if I was still looking for a summer internship. Long story short, I scored an interview.
What results did you achieve on the internship, and how did you exceed the company's expectations for your role?
I’ve done and helped out with numerous tasks. I am going to include a list of tasks below:
– Calculating linear footage for silt fence and turbidity barrier
o This calculation was given to the sub to install silt fence and turbidity barrier.
– Calculating asphalt tonnage
o This calculation was used to order asphalt from OPC.
– Measuring flow lines and number of pipe
o This calculation was used to order pipe from our vendor.
– Submitting Field Purchase Orders and Invoices into Kheops
o I watched the Project Engineer submit these into Kheops, and I took notes and made a step-by-step template for myself to use. Using this template I have been submitting some of these on my own.
– Assisting with surveying; elevations
o We shot an elevation from a known benchmark, then shot the pocket on the pile template to get our elevations.
– Assisting with CTC
o The CTC is what the Project Manager or Project Engineer uses to track and project money for cost codes. More specifically the JJ4 sheet seems to be the most important. I identified cost codes that were negative in their total value, which then would help the Project Engineer in his projections. Learning how to predict how much labor/equipment/material a cost code will need in the future based on the amount of work left, and either take money or add money. First take money from cost codes that either a. already done and still have money left over, or b. not done but easy to predict money required to complete. Second, identify cost codes with negative totals and add money to either a. zero out because it’s done or b. add money based on predictions of upcoming work.
– Rain Gauge Log & Water Turbidity Report
o I have been given two weekly logs that we’re required to complete. The first is the Rain Gauge Log; every morning I stop by the laydown yard and snap a picture of the rain gauge. When I get back to the office I enter the amount of rain for the previous day into an excel spreadsheet. Every Monday I then send out the previous weeks Rain Gauge Log to our CEI. The other form is the Water Turbidity Test Log. I go to the south side of the bridge and take a water sample to test with my machine. I then move to the north side of the bridge and take another sample to test. The machine shoots back a reading that I then take back to the office and record in the spreadsheet. This form is sent to the St. Johns River Water Management District for review. Water turbidity is checking for particles in the water which would make it appear cloudy, and or murky. The reason I send the report to the SJRWM is to make sure our construction isn’t contaminating the Econolockhatchee River.
– Daily Cost Reports
o Used the JJ4 on KHEOPS to input the numbers into the Daily Cost report. For Test Pile and Production Pile. Sent reports up to higher.
– Ordering Supplies
o Ordering safety supplies; hard hat, reflective stickers, hard hat neck shade, and safety vests.
What did you learn in this internship that will affect your life in a positive way?
During my time in the office, I had the opportunity to talk to the Project Manager, Superintendent, and Field Engineer very frequently. These three figures gave me a more in-depth view of what it takes to keep the job going. The first time I talked to the Project Manager he asked me, “What do you think about horizontal construction”; at that point on it got me thinking a lot about the whole horizontal vs vertical dilemma. As the internship has progressed, I’ve started to enjoy the aspects of bridge and road building. Something about building new and widening existing roads, further improving the infrastructure of the cities we live in. I also believe that because one of our main clients will be the Florida Department of Transportation that there is job security there. If the economy were to crash; FDOT would continue to be supplied money from the government and continue to maintain and construct new roads and bridges; or at least I hope.
How were you involved with safety and/or quality during your internship, and how did that change your perspective on construction?
– Maintenance of Traffic
o During my time interning with Hubbard, I have helped with MOT design and layout. In most cases there is an MOT Crew for a job; a foreman, his laborers, proper equipment, and a truck designed for MOT. Since our jobsite is mostly within a mile stretch it would be too costly to add a MOT crew to the job. The field engineer and I have stepped up to do the extra task required. When we found out a lane closure was needed, the field engineer and I went to the FDOT Design Standards Index. The design standards have every possible combination and tells you exactly how to lay out the MOT devices. The basic components of MOT are; VMS board, arrow board, signage, cones and or barrels. During my experience we did lane closures on the highway. We utilized a taper which turned into a tangent for quite a while then once it passed the work zone, the closure ended. We went out the day prior with a measuring wheel and a can of spray paint. We measured out the exact footage as per the design standards and used spray paint to mark the spots where the MOT device had to go. The reason we did this was to make it easier on ourselves and to ensure a proper lane closure. All we had to do the following day was; put the arrow board in place, place signage in pre-marked spots, and finally place cones on pre-marked spots.
After reviewing www.IBuildAmerica.com, tell us what I Build America means to you?
IBuildAmerica, seems to be a way to get the whole construction industry back into the limelight so that young professionals like myself will be interested. I think the website has done a fantastic job of showcasing the men and women in our industry, as well as companies.